The Chicago Blackhawks are remaining active as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches this afternoon. Following a one-for-one deal with the Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks are reportedly on the precipice of another deal with a Pacific Division team, sending Mattias Janmark to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick from Vegas.
— Mario Tirabassi (@Mario_Tirabassi) April 12, 2021
What we know is that Janmark is heading to Vegas and Chicago is getting Vegas’ 2021 2nd rounder and 2022 3rd rounder. The San Jose Sharks are also involved in the deal, receiving a 2022 fifth-round pick from Vegas and will send Nick DeSimone to the Golden Knights to complete the deal, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun. Both San Jose and Chicago retain 50% of Janmark’s contract ($1.125M).
In any case, this is something we expected all weekend, and even before that, frankly. Janmark did exactly what he was supposed to do with the Blackhawks this season. He signed a short-term deal in hopes of improving his value and eventually getting himself onto a contending team at the trade deadline.
He has 19 points in 41 games this season with Chicago.
Janmark signed a 1-year deal 3 days after the market opened, has done nothing at 5-on-5, and Chicago monetized him for a 2nd round pick *and* another trade up asset: https://t.co/cK5n3kJ3yf
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) April 12, 2021
The return for Janmark is even better.
The Blackhawks’ vision this season has been and remains to be on the future. Getting a second-round pick from Vegas in the 2021 draft is great. It’s a second-round pick but will be later in the round since Vegas will be playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The future 2022 third-round pick will also likely be later in the round, but anything inside the top 100 picks is a decent grab for Chicago.
Stay tuned as the full details spill out.